Masaya Volcano (approx. 35 min from Casa Castillo)
It is one of nineteen volcanoes in Nicaragua and one of eight that are active. Masaya is easily assessable by vehicle through the National Park and from the vantage point in the park you can look down through the sulphurous haze into the red lava below. It is exceptionally beautiful to see this at night. The most major eruptions were in 1670 and 1772 and smaller eruptions happened in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2016. You will notice vehicles back into parking spots in case an eruption begins so you can evacuate quickly. Modern seismic monitors give early indication of volcanic activity.
Masaya City (about 20 min from Casa Castillo)
This is the third largest city in Nicaragua and home to a wonderful 1900’s Mercado de Artesanias market, where you will find plenty of handmade hammocks, footwear, clothing, furniture and wooden crafts to name a few. Take a tour around the city to view some of the old churches from the 1600’s.